Identification Process FAQ

To learn more about each student’s academic abilities, 833 students in grades 2 through 7 will be assessed using the Cognitive Ability Test Form 7 (CogAT7).

Why use the CogAT7?

  • The CogAT7 has three subtests that measure verbal, quantitative and nonverbal abilities.

How will the CogAT7 be administered?

  • The CogAT7 is administered online using audio led proctoring.
  • The CogAT7 is administered in three sessions of approximately 60 minutes each.

How are the results of an ability assessment used?

  • Results provide student ability information about students strengths.
  • In many circumstances, the assessment provides identification for gifted services in District 833.

When will the students be tested?

  • Students in grades 2-3 ability assessments are administered in November- December
  • Students in grades 4-5 and 6-7 ability assessments are administered in February

Who will be assessed?

  • Grade 2                
    All students in grade 2 are universally screened with the CogAT as a part of the universal screening process for gifted services.

    Grades 3-7             
    Students who have not been previously identified and are demonstrating high performance or potential for high performance and/or receiving a teacher recommendation

    Are there any forms that the parent needs to complete?

  • For second grade students, no forms need to be completed. A Parent Opt-Out form is provided.
  • For students in grades three through seven, the Parent Permission Form needs to be completed and returned prior to the student being assessed.
  • Teachers will send the appropriate form/s home

    How should I prepare my child for the test?
  • The CogAT7 is an ability test rather than an achievement test.It provides information on how the student processes information rather than what they have achieved in the classroom.
  • As with any assessment, a good night sleep and a good breakfast are recommended to prepare for the test.
  • Letting the student know that they will not “receive a grade” for the test, but that it is being administered to give teachers more information on how they learn, so their teachers can understand the best way to teach them.